My PhD research
In a context where funds are limited, Nigerian households face challenges in supporting essential activities and coping with shocks, exacerbated by limited internet access. This research, utilizing data from the World Bank, delves into the relationship between remittances and household welfare.
Findings reveal that the effectiveness of remittances depends on their size, with domestic remittances more impactful in post-shock consumption. Additionally, remittances positively influence internet usage, particularly in urban areas. This study sheds light on the complex dynamics of remittances and provides valuable insights for policymakers seeking to enhance the wellbeing of households.
As a qualified accountant with a PhD in economics, my future career plans revolve around combining theoretical insights with practical financial acumen. I aspire to lead cutting-edge research that informs economic policy and enhances financial strategies. Nurturing the minds of future economists and accountants through dynamic teaching and mentorship as priority.
I also aim to publish influential academic works in reputable journals, contributing to the evolving economic discourse. By bridging academia and professional practice, I intend to be a catalyst for positive economic change, leaving an indelible imprint on both the academic realm and the world of finance.
My PhD research
National Nature Reserves are a form of nature conservation using protected areas to improve specific site features or wider biodiversity. This research investigated whether the landscape-scale management used within the Purbeck Heath National Nature Reserve will benefit overall biodiversity and fulfil legislation.
Bayesian Belief Networks were used to evaluate how different designated features will continue to perform under current management methods. Results showed that protected designated features within the Purbeck Heath National Nature Reserve would improve under the landscape-scale management with ecosystem services, biodiversity, protected target species, and protected target habitat likely to increase despite climate change likely to increase.
After studying BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Master by Research with Bournemouth University, Molly is currently a PhD doctoral researcher at Loughborough University partnered with the Central England NERC Training Alliance (CENTA).
Molly’s current research focuses on river restoration practices by examining biomonitoring indices developed for the assessment of ecosystem health. Molly hopes to develop her skills as a researcher, expanding into early-career academia before exploring exciting opportunities in consultancy.
Matthew James Wylde
My PhD research
My PhD research sought to provide insights into the use of Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) for the assessment of training load, measurement of movement asymmetries and in return to training protocols within adolescent Badminton players.
The research highlighted the limitations of upper trunk-mounted IMUs, which were found to be poorly correlated to subjective measures of overall and lower limb-specific exertion. By contrast, tibia-mounted IMUs received positive responses from surveyed racket sport coaches for use during training and were found to provide a novel tool for differentiating between Badminton players with and without unilateral and bilateral lower limb injury history.
I am currently Head of Performance Pathways Science at the National Youth Sports Institute in Singapore. In this role, I lead a trans-disciplinary team which plays a unique role in creating holistic, science-informed training environments to support our youth athletes.
The process of completing the PhD not only improved my abilities as a researcher but also led to a number of actionable findings which have since be translated into practice to better support our youth athlete population.
My PhD research
In my research project, the Digital Audio Workstation has been explored as a human computer interface for the composition of concert music, intended for live performance. The project has resulted in a portfolio of compositions and a contextual document.
For each of the portfolio compositions, a distinct DAW-based concept and compositional approach has been developed and employed by the researcher.
The contextual document investigates the implications of the DAW for the composition of concert music, and discusses the five portfolio compositions against the background of practices of selected composers; the history and development of the analogue studio, early computer and DAW composition; aspects of device interaction; and the topic of 'liveness'.
New musical works, beyond the portfolio compositions, will build forth on the research findings. In particular the transfer of works from the 'composer's space' to the 'listener's space', as well as the application of the DAW in live concert settings, will be further explored.
The five portfolio compositions themselves will also have a life beyond the context of the research. They were commissioned, performed and recorded by active ensembles and musicians. They contribute to a continuum in the researcher's practice, enticing listeners into the conodrums, discoveries and pleasures of DAW composition.
My PhD research
My research covered aspects of infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (iCPR) skills, and investigated whether an individualised, competence-based approach to iCPR retraining could result in high skill retention at follow up. I determined the amount of re-exposure of skills needed to achieve iCPR competence, and established if the acquired competence would be retained over time. The participants used real-time feedback for reinforcement of skills during 2-6 minutes per month and achieved competence within 1-4 months.
The results indicate that, despite individuals requiring different amount of input and time to achieve competence, the retention of iCPR skills was as high as 96% 10 months later.
I am a senior lecturer and Programme Lead for the BSc Operating Department Practice at BU. Now that I have finished my PhD, I will continue to explore ways to improve iCPR skill retention and want to apply my model of training to clinical areas. Additionally, I want to start supervising and mentoring PGR students, with focus on integrated format thesis, which was the structure of my thesis.
With the knowledge acquired during my PhD, I will investigate other topics that I have interest on and explore ways to develop my career as a researcher.
My PhD research
From a psychology lens, the PhD research explored the effectiveness of cyber security training and awareness campaigns in Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs). This optic considers factors, that may have been eluded in a cyber security domain, for example, organisational culture, employee training needs, the design and delivery of training material, some of which may impact an employee’s perceptions and attitudes towards learning and transferring cyber security knowledge in the workplace.
The research is separated into two studies; the initial is a qualitative study, and this unravelled underlying training design challenges. As this is not widely explored in the literature, this prompted a second study, a mixed methodology. A survey and interview were conducted for awareness professionals, content developers and employees.
I now have a job as a Cyber security awareness specialist. I would love to continue developing this knowledge, impacting Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) and essentially make a difference to the cyber security awareness and training domain. I am also taking widely recognised professional certifications and courses in the Human Risk area.
I look forward to visiting Bournemouth University as a guest speaker and giving back to the amazing faculty and community that supported me during my PhD journey.
My PhD research
During my doctoral studies at the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences within the Faculty of Science and Technology at Bournemouth University, I concentrated on the synthesis and functionalisation of chemoselective nanomaterials for the detection of minute quantities of drugs and alcohol in a variety of biological and industrial samples.
My PhD research was funded by industry partners and not only advanced our comprehension of nanomaterial applications but also addressed critical issues in substance detection. I take pride in noting that my research led to the publication of seven papers in Q1 journals.
My experiences at Bournemouth University played a pivotal role in shaping my career. While pursuing my PhD, I had the opportunity to work as a part-time lecturer, which bolstered my teaching skills and significantly enriched my curriculum vitae. With the university's trust and support, I successfully secured a lecturer position at BU. I am committed to continuing my research and teaching career, thereby making further contributions to the field of analytical chemistry and toxicology, while also serving as an inspiration to the next generation of scientists.
I am profoundly thankful for the unwavering support and encouragement I received throughout my doctoral journey, particularly during challenging periods such as the COVID-19 lockdowns and technical obstacles. The steadfast support of the university and, particularly, my supervisor, Dr. Richard Paul, played an indispensable role in my achievements.
My PhD research
My doctoral research investigated how creative multimodal productions facilitate adolescent search for meaning through the re-imagination of life experiences, shared in a classroom context, defined by the RE and MLE classrooms. Adopting a narrative-hermeneutical approach to learning, it found that this led to more effective pedagogies in the specified subjects.
Employing a multimodal ethnographic approach, it promoted multimodality in the process of students’ productions/artefacts. Meaning-making is facilitated through creative expression enabling vulnerability to become a source of strength, hope and resilience. Agency, compassion, and critical reflection, nurtured through the sharing of life experiences, create a pedagogy that develops a sense of community, encouraging meaning-making when facing pain, death and the beauty of life.
N.B: MLE is Media Literacy Education and RE is Religious Education
I lecture at both the University of Malta and the local Institute of Education. I intend to embark on projects with schools and higher educational institutions, that aim at implementing narrative pedagogies in humanistic subjects like MLE, RE, PSCD, and others. Such pedagogies would be facilitated through creative media technologies that are easily accessible online, free, and student-friendly.
I will also invest time and energy in the professional development of teachers, heads of department, and educational officers of these subjects, so that they can use and implement such pedagogies, and train others in doing so. Would also like to implement such pedagogies with minorities and vulnerable groups in Malta and elsewhere. My ultimate dream is to lecture and do research abroad.
My PhD research
I possess a fervent enthusiasm for digital health and a keen interest in the application of digital wearables and intelligent technologies for the purpose of diagnosing, managing, and overseeing individuals throughout their surgical journeys.
A specific focal point of my mixed-methods research project centred on employing an intervention aimed at enhancing individuals' activity levels following total hip replacement surgery. This intervention involved a personalised and purpose-driven outdoor walking regimen, facilitated by a commercially available activity monitor.
I have had the privilege of serving as a project manager at the Orthopaedic Research Institute for the past 7 years. During this time, I have cultivated a multifaceted research profile, adept at conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses, as well as synthesising evidence.
As I contemplate the next phase of my professional journey, I aspire to advance my career by assuming the role of a research associate at a prestigious Russell Group university. This strategic move aims to bolster my research acumen and foster a broader range of research capabilities.